DATE POSTED Monday, 2022-06-20
WRITTEN AT: Ocean Breeze, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Samuel 8:6-8
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the LORD for guidance.
7 “Do everything they say to you,” the LORD replied, “for it is me (God) they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment.
APPLICATION: Times have not changed very much, for when we consider our churches, and how they treat their pastors when they are true to preaching the unadulterated Word of God, without regards to whose toes they might step on, then I believe that we could easily identify with Samuel and the Israelites. Friends, it is so unfortunate that we tend to blame someone else for issues that we have caused. It is likewise unfortunate when we look beyond the issues in our own lives, or the condition of our family, or our church or our group, and see so much wrong with others. Let’s think for a moment about issues with a church. Of course, we all know that it’s not the building where the church meets that is the problem, for the challenges exists because of folk like you and I that attend the church. Thats where the challenges begin. So look no further than inside yourself when issues arise, or at that ‘friend’ who sits next to you at church. Some may feel like the church should changing the pastor, or the style of music, or update the sanctuary building, but according to our story today, the people will be unsatisfied until we give in to the demands of the people, much like when God told Samuel to go ahead and give them what they wanted. Friends, because our family and the people in our circle of friends rejects Jesus each and every day, the more we commit and dedicate ourselves to becoming more like Jesus in every aspect of our lives, then we could expect nothing different to what Jesus felt and saw when the people rejected Him. Becoming one with Jesus, means a perfect life, a life without sin – and that should be our aim every day friends. Only then will we contribute positively to our churches and the groups that we become involved in. Remember, the world hates Jesus. Always have, and always will. So if we look enough like Jesus, they will hate us also, just like God told Samuel. So what shall we do? Determine this day who you will serve, and give it all you have. Oppose sin and promote Jesus to this lost and dying world. Be determined to serve only God and His righteousness, so that He might be glorified in everything we do and say!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Although the pressures of this sinful world might steer us away from our goal to be like Jesus, always remember that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
PRAYER: Lord we so desperately need You in our lives. We want to add positively to groups that we become involved in, because of Your love that is steeped in to everything we do and say. Anything else would only add to the confusion and the hatred that normally results. Unfortunately, this also happens in church groups we join, so we are seeing churches that are marred terribly by the impact of this evil world, instead of seeing a church that is always ready to forgive, always looking out for the best in the other person, always contributing to the best in others, always praying for and supporting their pastor/shepherd/leader. Lord, it is very obvious that we need more of You in our lives individually so that we can see more of You in our churches, so that we can see Your church effectively reaching out to the lost community that we serve. We need You in our lives personally Lord, please humble us to earnestly seek Your face and allow You to rule in our lives. AMEN!
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